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Elliot Rodger and AS

Elliot Rodger, the young man who shot and killed several people in Isla Vista CA was reported by the news media to have had Asperger’s syndrome (AS). AS is then linked to mental illness because of the irrational acts of Rodger. This is a misapplied link because AS is not a mental illness. It is a neurological difference that affects behavior at different levels of severity. It is not a […]

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Testing Doctor’s Instructions

The psychiatrist I was referred to by my primary care physician’s assistant told me that all I needed do was say I was an Aspie and that would be sufficient to access services and benefits protected by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). That isn’t true, and I knew it wasn’t true when she said it. The problem for me became why is this woman, who appears to be descended […]

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No Faith in Healthcare Insurance

Every day of last week, I called my health care insurer for assistance and information about obtaining a diagnosis for, what I suspect is, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD; Difference; wow.cad.go/nodded/autism/index.tm). Every time I call, I receive different information. Little by little, I suspect I am getting information on how the system works by accretion, but this is a frustratingly impossible way of getting the assistance I need. I’m not sure […]

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“Race”, Gendered Relations, and Sterling

What is really troubling about the whole Sterling affair is not his racism, which has been common knowledge for some time, but the gender relations that have not been discussed at all. Sterling’s racist rants were only made public by his former mistress when she found her back against the wall, put there by the lawsuit filed against her by Sterling’s wife. What kind of witch is she? Mrs. Sterling […]

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Differentiation: Listening v Hearing

  There is a difference between listening and hearing.   I can hear the hummingbirds clicking, someone using electrical equipment – a circular saw – the scree deafening. I hear that damn ice cream truck that must stop right in front of my house every time hailed by the consumers across the street, including the one that stops every night at 10 pm.   I listen to the radio, particularly […]

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